fusillade

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noun fu·sil·lade \ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd, -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə-\

Definition of fusillade

  1. 1a :  a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid successionb :  something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles

  2. 2 :  a spirited outburst especially of criticism

Examples of fusillade in a sentence

  1. A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard.

  2. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial

Origin and Etymology of fusillade

French, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil


First Known Use: 1801


FUSILLADE Defined for English Language Learners

fusillade

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noun fu·sil·lade \ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd, -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə-\

Definition of fusillade for English Language Learners

  • : a large number of shots that are fired very quickly



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